Important Things to Know About Abnormal Weight Loss in Dogs

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A partner at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, Joel Todd Leroy Prince has worked as a veterinary professional for more than two decades. Through his work at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince aims to help pet owners prevent and treat various conditions and diseases, including abnormal weight loss.

Dogs may lose weight as the result of both abnormal and normal conditions, and veterinarians consider weight loss to be clinically important when it comprises more than 10 percent of the dog’s normal body weight and is not associated with dehydration or fluid loss. Some causes for abnormal weight loss include anorexia (which is the lack of appetite as a result of a disease or behavioral condition) and pseudoanorexia (in which a pet loses the sense of smell or experiences another disorder that makes it difficult or impossible to eat).

In the case that weight loss appears significant, a veterinarian may utilize a number of tests, such as radiographs (x-rays) and blood tests, to complete a diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis, the veterinarian will know whether to prescribe a treatment aimed at improving the dog’s health and quality of life.

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